Anthem wasn’t at its greatest at launch. Players knew it, however extra importantly, developer BioWare knew it. Neither the core sport mechanics nor the loot system had been thought of significantly satisfying. For a number of months, the workforce labored to alleviate these points, but it was by no means sufficient. As a outcome, BioWare Austin has spent a lot of this 12 months again on the drafting board, designing an Anthem 2.0 (or Anthem Next or no matter they find yourself calling it) relaunch. Little is understood about what this will entail, however the studio has now outlined the way it ends to change loot.

In a put up on the BioWare weblog, BioWare Austin Studio Director, Christian Dailey, defined the “high level goals” for Anthem 2.0’s loot and tools. The main objective rests in crafting a extra satisfying loot expertise. While the concepts being prototyped are topic to alter, they get on the coronary heart of what BioWare goals to attain. Those concepts are embrace:

  • Respect Your Time
    • Increase the frequency of Loot Drops
    • Loot is viable extra typically; All gadgets are higher and extra aggressive, however there’s nonetheless an opportunity of getting one thing distinctive
    • All loot rarities have strategic worth all through development
  • Embrace Choice
    • You can pursue particular loot with out counting on randomness alone; Quests; Specialized Vendors; Unique Loot Tables
    • Modify your loot, together with rerolling inscriptions and leveling up gadgets
  • Create a Rewarding Loot Experience
    • Loot feels thrilling and extra noticeable when it drops, and is widely known when collected
    • Rare enemies (aka “walking treasure chests”) create thrilling moments to get a burst of loot abruptly
  • Keep it Accessible and Immediate
    • Reveal and equip loot immediately
    • Complete revamp of the tools sheet – together with an in depth stat sheet (not proven)
    • The tools sheet may be accessed from anyplace, permits you to simply see what you’ve geared up in every slot
  • Reliability of Equipment and Rewards
    • Each merchandise has an inscription “budget”, primarily based on its Power and Rarity
    • No extra ineffective gadgets as a result of they had been lacking must-have inscriptions (see “Increased weapon dmg by +225%”)
    • Exceptional gadgets are about getting the precise forms of bonuses you need, as an alternative of maxing values on each bonus
  • Scale for the Future
    • Your energy cap may be simply elevated, and the loot system scales accordingly
    • Advanced telemetry knowledge permits us to determine traits and make significant steadiness adjustments

The studio has additionally been arduous at work on reinventing the texture of gunplay. According to Dailey, “gunplay is overall more responsive with enemies reacting to hits near instantly.” In addition, BioWare is rethinking the function of melee gadgets and builds. New weapon ideas and ability factors unlocks are additionally receiving loads of consideration in Anthem 2.0’s manufacturing.

Anthem is offered to buy now for the PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One platforms. The 2.0 version remains a long way out from release, with no agency launch date hooked up as of but, and even confirmed methodology of supply to gamers. It’s unknown if will probably be an entire new sport, relaunch of the primary sport, free replace, or paid DLC.

[Source: BioWare Blog; Via: Game Revolution]